Match Report: Carloway 0 – 5 Back

At Cnoc a’ Choilich, Carloway.

Monday, 1st July, 2019, 19.00.

The final instalment of the trilogy of three matches against Back in just over a week was the second leg of the Eilean an Fhraoich quarter-final with Carloway starting with a hefty deficit from the first leg. Available players were at a premium for manager Billy Anderson given Uig and Bernera’s entry to the tournament and he named the same line-up as started in the first leg, thus making a second start of the season himself. The line-up remained four-four two but skipper Domhnall Mackay moved into midfield with “D.I.” Maclennan moving back to centre-back.

The game was even was the first ten minutes but any hopes of a first clean sheet of the season were banished by a Chris Macleod free-kick which sailed past Gordon Craigie in the Carloway goals for Back’s opener (0-1). Back’s second came in the 29th minute and was a smart finish by the lively Joel Martin (0-2).

Carloway were determined not to fold however and started to cause the Back defence problems. Firstly, Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur made a strong run through the centre only to see his shot saved by James Macleod in the Back goals then (player) manager Billy hit a long-range effort wide. Unfortunately, Callum “Beag” Mackay had to go off injured just before half-time but this meant a welcome return to Carloway action for Calum Iain Macleod. Unfortunately, the break in play seemed to distract Na Gormaich and they conceded a third right on half-time when the excellent Stevie Mutch fired home a beauty from outside the box (0-3). Half-time and Carloway a bit unlucky to be three down.

Half Time: Carloway 0 Back 3

Things didn’t get any easier after the break with Back hitting the crossbar before going four ahead through a Euan Anderson penalty in the sixty second minute (0-4).

Back were then awarded an indirect free-kick in Carloway’s box when Craigie picked up a Chris “Christy” Smith passback. Thankfully the wall stood strong and Craigie saved the rebound.

The fifth goal was only delayed however and came in the seventy eighth minute, Euan Anderson with his second and his eighth against Carloway over the three games (0-5).

Billy gave a debut to young keeper, Aaron Ingram, with ten minutes to go allowing Gordon Craigie to move up front to relive his years as Carloway’s centre-forward! Aaron, who is the grandson of former Point goalie Norman “Buck” Macaskill, looked very much at home and produced a fine save from a Louie Macdonald blockbuster to keep the score at five.

Full Time: Carloway 0 Back 5

So, a difficult night for Na Gormaich but, given that manager Billy Anderson was struggling for a squad a couple of hours before kick-off, the team put in a strong effort and kept the score respectable. Such a heavy defeat in the Eilean an Fhraoich is hard to take and the impact of Uig and Bernera entering the competition is clear to see.

Carloway Man of the match: Domhnall Smith

Back Man of the match: Stevie Mutch

Line-ups:

CARLOWAY: 4-5-1.

Manager: Billy Anderson.

Asst. Manager: Iain Angus “Gus” Maciver.

 

                                                          Gordon Craigie

Domhnall Smith   Coinneach Smith   Donald “D.I.” Maclennan   Chris “Christy” Smith

Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur   Andrew “D.D.” Macleod   Domhnall Mackay (capt.)   Callum “Beag” Mackay   Joe Armstrong

                                                         Billy Anderson

 

Subs. used: Calum Iain Macleod (Callum “Beag” Mackay 43; Calum Mackay (Billy Anderson) 59; Aaron Ingram (Calum Iain Macleod) 78; Jake Macleod (Chris “Christy” Smith) 83; Lewis Phipps (Gordon Craigie) 83.

Subs. not used: None.

Yellow cards: None.

 

BACK: 4-4-2.

Manager: James “Bomie” Macarthur

Asst. Manager: Donald “Dano” Macdonald.

 

                                              Euan Anderson   Connor Mackay

Joel Martin   Louis Macdonald   Chris Macleod   Steven Mutch

Chris Mackay   Ross Hall   Campbell Macdonald (capt.)   Jason Macleod (capt.)

                                                       James Macleod

 

Subs. used: Jamie Mackinnon (Ross Hall) 45; David Maciver (Chris Mackay) 71; Scott Macleod (Connor Mackay) 71; Ross “Hobbit” Maciver (Campbell Macdonald) 78; James Murray (Euan Anderson) 78.

Subs. not used: None.

Yellow cards: None.